By: Diane Benjamin
What we do know:
- The freshman class this year at ISU was down 9.3% https://blnnews.com/2017/09/07/numbers-lie/
- State Farm has cut employees and is cutting more
- Normal has a budget deficit (local media reports)
- The Normal Library has decided not to build new – the library WAS the centerpiece of Uptown 2.0 (local media reports)
- As of 3/31/17 Normal has debt of $92,320,992 http://warehouse.illinoiscomptroller.com/ProcessSearchResults.cfm?DisplayMode=GETAFR&AFRDesiredData=Indebtedness&Code=064/095/31&CFY=2017&Menu=Yes&PrintIt=No
- Revenue is declining (local media reports)
Mayor Koos and the Town Council believe Uptown 1.0 is fabulous and couldn’t wait to build more. It is a huge RED FLAG the library decided to expand at its current location instead of relocating across the tracks.
I did file a writ of mandamus against the Town. I am asking the judge to review the audio/minutes of the 3 1/2 hour Executive Session held last August. https://blnnews.com/2018/01/31/normal-investigated-and-sued/
The Town lawyer has already filed a Motion to Dismiss, the first court date is March 15th. He claims its my imagination that 18 seconds to motion, 2nd, and pass the early retirements means it was discussed in private. Yes, he used the word “imagination”.
You deserve to know what happened in this “planning session”. This court is your last chance to find out until the majority of the Council gets replaced with people who know Normal’s “full service” government is a failure. Socialism always fails because decisions are based on their desires instead of allowing you the freedom to make your own decisions. Normal has the debt and declining revenues to prove it.
Normal needs to cancel the Tiger Grant request for an underpass. They can’t afford what they already built.
Read this story about the decline of Decatur: https://www.illinoispolicy.org/story/forgotten-illinois-decatur-the-soy-citys-search-for-its-comeback/
Replace the words “blue collar” with “white collar”. If Bloomington and Normal think they can tax their way to prosperity, both will be Decatur.